Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s 1787 opera was based on the legendary figure Don Juan, a rake and a seducer of women, but Mozart makes him a real villain. Set at a wedding, in Tuscany, the lead’s character is quickly shown to be charming, controlling and without conscience. Seducing anything in a skirt and finally killing the father of one of his conquests.
Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, based on the Greek legend, is a short, challenging piece, with an incomplete score. Composed in the 17th century, it is regarded as the oldest opera in English.
The Magic Flute is the tale of two friends, Pamino and Papageno who undertake a quest from The Queen of the Night.
This is definitely a must for lovers of great opera, and of Baroque music in particular and, surprisingly, it is seldom performed, so take advantage of this unique opportunity.
Under the Direction of Nicholas Cannon, who also sings the role of Onegin, and the Musical Direction of Brian Chatterton, this is a marvellous evening of opera. Make this a unique Christmas treat for yourself and the whole family.